Chattanooga, Tenn. - Quarterback Jacob Huesman amassed 359 yards of total offense including 191 passing yards and 168 yards and a touchdown on the ground with tailback Derrick Craine scoring four rushing TDs as No. 4 Chattanooga handed Western Carolina a 41-13 loss on Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference action at Finley Stadium.
Chattanooga (7-1, 5-0 SoCon) - which won its seventh-straight seasonall game and its 12th league game in a row - scored four-consecutive rushing touchdowns following a Detrez Newsome two-yard run that drew the Catamounts to within one, 7-6, in the first quarter. The Mocs capitalized on the lone turnover of the game -- a WCU fumble as the Catamounts were looking for the end zone - driving 87 yards for a score as a part of the four-straight TDs, taking a 35-6 halftime advantage.
The Mocs added a pair of Henrique Ribeiro field goals in the second half with the WCU junior WR Steffon Hill hauling in his first career receiving TD late in the third quarter to provide the final tally.
All told, seven Chattanooga rushers totaled 356 yards compared to just 105 yards rushing for Western Carolina.
Senior QB Troy Mitchell completed 22-of-32 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, adding a team-high 57 yards on the ground. Newsome finished with 39 rushing yards, recording a touchdown in his eighth-straight game. However, the SoCon's leader in all-purpose yardage was limited to a season-low 49 combined yards.
Hill finished with five catches for 72 yards to lead six Catamount receivers with receptions. He added nine rushing yards for 81 all-purpose yards on the day. Receivers Spearman Robinson and Karnorris Benson, as well as running back Corey Hollway each caught three passes in the defeat.
While the Catamounts struggled in finding offensive rhythm on the day, UTC was impressive behind its senior signal caller, Huesman. UTC's head coach's son connected on his first 10 passes, finishing 14-of-15 for 191 yards. His 168 rushing yards were just two shy of his career high set back in 2012.
Craine was a second Mocs offensive player to eclipse the century mark with 103 yards on the ground, reaching the end zone four times in what proved to be a decisive first half. Craine, who entered the game leading the SoCon in rushing average, tallied scores of five, 21, one and six yards.
Defensively for the Catamounts, freshman DB Marvin Tillman paced WCU with a career-high 12 tackles including eight solo stops while Daniel Riddle again reached double-digits with 10 tackles, six solo. Fred Payne was credited with WCU's lone tackle for loss, though UTC did have a negative yardage play late on an errant shotgun snap with back-up QB, Alejandro Bennifield.
Western Carolina returns home next Saturday, Nov. 7 to host the Furman Paladins at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. In addition to honoring its three newest inductees into its Athletics Hall of Fame, WCU will also honor the senior members of the Catamount football team, WCU Dance Team, Catamount cheerleaders and "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band. Kickoff of the home finale is scheduled for 3:30 pm.